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Old 01-02-2013, 06:44 AM   #1
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Hello All:

I've been lurking for awhile... finally getting around to posting.

Four years ago I bought a '93 SW1 with a 5 speed and 4 wheel disks for $150. I've got another grand into it, doing 100% of the work myself, and it is coming along nicely. The plan is to build a turbo twin-cam motor for it and install that around the time the car is no longer eligible for emissions testing. It will be a sleeper. That's in a few years, so I can pursue this project at my leisure.

Last month I splashed out $1500 on a '98 SW2, also with a stick.

My experience with these cars has been fantastic. Good handling, fun to drive, the problems are all well known and easily fixed (thanks to Saturnfans).

I'm also really impressed with the quality of the posts and the culture of the community here. There are a lot of folks here who are not afraid to do anything to their cars... this is inspiring. I also think the lack of bolt-on aftermarket parts helps this community in a way: I've always been more impressed by someone with fabrication skills than someone who just orders shiny parts from a catalogue.

I don't know if the S series will ever be collector's items, but I consider myself a collector! I'm hoping to find a couple of good first gen examples to add to the collection once I get a barn built for all of this stuff.

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:26 AM   #2
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Saturn S-series cars and of wagons. I've owned three Saturns, all wagons: 2 SW2s and an L-series LW300. I think the S-series is a great collector car from its era. Others on this forum are probably tired of me saying this.

I've gotten a lot of great tips (and even some parts) from people on this forum.

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1993 SW2 MT 182,000 hard Boston city miles ("Rozzie")
Gone but not forgotten:
2001 LW300 ("Elle")
1999 SW2 MT
Project cars:
1966 Corvair Monza convertible
1928 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan

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Old 01-03-2013, 06:49 AM   #3
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Thanks.

I agree that the S series is destined to be a collector's car, not so much in the sense of monetary value, but in the sense of having a big enthusiast community. In fact, I think it already is.

A number of people have asked me about the '93 and they usually have a story to relate about how a Saturn was their first car and how they enjoyed it. This is a lot like the air cooled VW scene 25 years ago. Other owners usually have strong opinions about why they continue to own these cars with mega-miles. It is not just basic transportation for a lot of us.

The problem nowadays seems to be finding a first gen that hasn't been totally neglected or riced. I'm on the lookout for more.

I am really amazed at the depth of knowledge on this site.

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Old 01-07-2013, 12:01 PM   #4
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Welcome to the site! I am new here too!

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